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New novella coming from 'Twilight' author Stephenie Meyer

MeyerTired of hanging out in the darkness waiting for a midnight sun to rise? Stephenie Meyer fans will get a treat June 5 in the form of "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," a novella that's the author's first release since "Breaking Dawn" in 2008.

On her website Tuesday, Meyer talked about the story, which she says "explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew." It's written in the voice of newborn teen vampire Bree, who appeared briefly in book No. 3, "Eclipse," and according to director David Slade will be seen in the movie as well.

Here's the cool part: From June 7 (yes, two days after the hardcover hits) to July 5, "Bree Tanner" be available free as an e-book at www.breetanner.com. Meyer says the story had always been an extra for her, intended to be part of "The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide." Problem was, it got too long and wouldn't fit.

"You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift," she said. "My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea."

Hardcover fans should know that $1 per book from the first printing will go to American Red Cross efforts in Haiti and Chile.

"I started writing this a long time ago," Meyer told USA Today in an exclusive interview Tuesday. "It was when I was editing 'Eclipse.' It was more of just an exercise so I could be clear about what was going on in the story."

"The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" is Bree's take on "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" events leading up to what Meyer shorthands as "the big fight in the meadow." For those joining Meyer Mania in progress, the "Twilight" books are told from character Bella Swan's point of view; "Midnight Sun," if it ever happens, would be through character Edward Cullen's eyes.

Incidentally, for those hoping it'll be "Midnight" soon, don't hold your breath. "I'm not writing about vampires right now," Meyer told USA Today. Work on that book came to a crashing halt in August 2008 after a draft was leaked online.

Some people are of a mind (OK, me, I'm talking about me) that some the best movies based on Stephen King stories have come not from his novels but from his shorter, tighter works -- think "The Shawshank Redemption" and "Stand by Me." (And don't think about "The Shining," OK, because that blows my theory.)

I'd love to hear what "Twilight" experts -- you know who you are, fans -- have to say about the possibilities "Bree Tanner" might hold. Would you be interested in a film from that point of view? And can Bree Tanner step into Bella Swan's storytelling shoes?

Of course, we'll all find out June 5.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner," her first book since "Breaking Dawn," will be released June 5, 2010. Credit: David Stone / Little, Brown and Co. / Associated Press

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I am an avid fan of Stephenie's books. As with many of her fans, I read the Twilight books and Midnight Sun over and over. For months. Never once in all that Twilight indulgence did I have even a spark of interest in Bree. I had read previously Stephenie saying she wanted to write this story. Fine, it's her character. I'm sure the publisher was frothing to get their hands on another manuscript from her, whatever the subject. I'm not saying I will never read this story, but, it isn't a given for me, nor even a maybe.

I see SM isn't writing about vampires right now. Again, her choice, but, if she wants to give her fans-who-buy-her-books a gift, finish Midnight Sun. Better yet, write all the books from Edward's POV. I guarantee the sales would equal the first Twilight books. She would make marketing history, two series, the same story, from different character POVs. THAT is what I want.

I disagree with the statement below. SM and twilight suck, there should be no more books.

Stephenie Meyer,

I want to thank you for publishing the Twilight Saga. I had not heard of the books at first but then a friend of mine who works with me was so excited about these books and the Twilight movie it made me curious. I thought she had lost it when she was talking about Edward and Bella because I was the one who read love stories and she never read love stories always horror stories. It made me very curious that the story touched her in such a way! Then she bought me the Twilight book for Christmas two years ago and I understood her feeling this way.

Then there was a big change at our work and it became EXTREMELY stressful to the point that it was affecting us physically! When it would become too bad we would say it is time for a Twilight moment and it really helped to ease our stress. You story was better than any antidepressant! I became more interested in the books and bought the rest of them. Eclipse is my favorite one of the all the books. In fact I almost read it in one night! I had to stop at 3:30am because I had to get up and go to work that morning and I was also reading with one hand covering my left eye because it hurt so bad, but I could not put it down!

Stephenie, your stories are so good and they helped me to handle what was and still is going on with our job. I LOVED Midnight Sun and I can understand how hurt you were when someone you trusted betrayed you. But I beg of you to please reconsider completing Edward's story because it really needs to be told. We LOVE the beautiful, amazing love story you wrote,
and we your fans are being penalized because of one person. You are a gifted and amazing writer and I know what I am talking about. I'm not young and have read alot of books in my lifetime but I have NEVER had a story touch me the way this did. I am sorry if it seems that I am begging you but I am. My husband calls me obsessed and I know I am. You shared your beautiful dream with us and I will be forever grateful, but until Midnight Sun is finished and resting along side my other Twilight books the Saga to me is incomplete.

With Much Appreciation!

A Very Devoted Twilight Fan

I am a 29 year old mother of 2, and my mom begged me to read these books for 6 months before I finally saw Twilight the movie. After that, I read all the books in 4 days, hardly slept or did anything at all except take care of the kids. And now my mom and sister, who are also huge fans, think I'm crazy overboard for being so obsessed with anything relating to Twlilight, including my teenage-like collection of posters and paraphanalia that I have set up in my personal office, where my husband allows it. :) And I am forever Team Edward, btw.
To answer your question, I think that ANYTHING relating to the Twilight Saga would be great, whether in book or film form. And I'm so glad to be hearing about Bree's perspective coming out, because her death was one event in Eclipse that really stuck out to me and saddened me, because if taught, like Carlisle says, she may have become a great member of the family. But who knows?
My only concern would be if there is enough content to make it into a movie, without overlapping some of Eclipse? I think it would need to entail somewhat of the entire story from others' perspectives besides Bella's. Maybe just a collection of bad guys' perspectives? And would it still have Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson as their own characters? That probably wouldn't sell, if they weren't involved in at least some way. But I think, if done properly, as another adaptation of the Twilight Saga films, that this one would be good, and appeal to even other audiences (male), since I'm sure it would have a lot more of the gore and action not revealed in Eclipse or the other books, depending on how it was made.

I know Stephenie Meyer isn't writing about vampires "right now", but is there any word on when the "Official Guide" will finally release? Is she just not done with it, or are the publishers waiting for some future date after the movies to try to gain the most profit? That's definitely what it's starting to seem like to a lot of fans, I assure you-- we've been promised release dates, then told it would be another year at least. So if you have any info on this matter, that would be great. But, while I can't speak for any other fans, my recent knowledge of this release of Bree Tanner will definitely hold me off. FOR A BIT. I still want more. Thanks for posting this info!

I am amazed and perplexed that the public at large has not realized the fact that the Twilight Saga is a direct imitation of the Vampire Diaries (Diaries were out long before Twilight). Many are abandoning the Meyer books for Vampire Diaries. Writing another book is simply 'Milking the Cow' for Meyer.

Ms. Meyer- this is not about your books...it's about your looks. You are as beautiful as beautiful can get.
Just wanted to pass that along. BTW, i hear your books are great.

Great more bad tweener literature with a MORMON subtext...ie no sex, violence, swearing or drugs.
Boring boring boring. Doesn't anyone else understand these books are an extension of her religon...Mormonism?

twilight is sooooooooo good !!!!!!!!!
Eaward v.r Jacob

i think that the book is a good idea i will definitely read it but i sincerely wish that stephanie would finish midnight sun im still hoping. also if you get a thought for it you could do one of the books in jacobs point of view he did play such a big role in bellas life. great job!!


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